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Best of Denver 2013 Readers' Poll: The first round of Arts & Entertainment finalists

Best of Denver 2013 Readers' Poll: The first round of Arts & Entertainment finalists

For the first time in the thirty-year history of Westword's Best of Denver, we've split the Best of Denver Readers' Poll into two rounds, giving you the chance to look at the leading vote-getters and then vote again for your favorite galleries, theaters and entertainments in metro Denver. And the results of the first round are in! Keep reading to uncover the five finalists that you, the readers, have selected for the Arts & Entertainment categories on this year's Readers' Poll. And know this: You still have the chance to change the results. Just get out the vote!

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The finalists listed below are by no means shoe-ins -- meaning that in the next (and final) round of voting, you can either vote for your favorite finalist or start over with a completely different entry. The final deadline for online voting is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, at which point we'll close the poll and calculate the results one last time. You'll be able to read both the Westword and Readers' Poll winners when our annual Best of Denver issue hits stands on March 28.

In the meantime, let us know what you think of the first-round finalists in the comments section below. And don't forget to vote!

Best new book by a Colorado author: Tenth of December by George Saunders The Dog Stars by Peter Heller East of Denver by Gregory Hill Taft 2012 by Jason Heller Water: A Vic Bengston Investigation by Richard J. Schneider

Best new festival: Phibstock Festivus Chef N' Brew Summer Grind Snowball

Best annual festival: Cherry Creek Arts Festival Great American Beer Festival Taste of Colorado Tour de Fat Beer, Bacon and Coffee Festival

Best arts district: Santa Fe RiNo Cherry Creek Tennyson South Broadway

Best new public art: Colorado map at History Colorado David Choi murals DCPA Arvada Art of the State Mike Whiting Metal pixel rhino

Best unofficial new public art: Banksy on Santa Fe Graffiti on Matchbox The purple witch on Colfax Robots at Pablo's on Penn TiredPirate stickers

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Best public art at DIA: "Mustang " Leo Tanguma murals "America: Why I love Her" Patty Ortiz airplane display Gargoyles

Best museum exhibit: Becoming Van Gogh at the Denver Art Museum Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective at the Denver Art Museum Denver A to Z at the History Colorado Center A Day in Pompeii at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Denver Diorama at the History Colorado Center

Best museum shop: Denver Art Museum History Colorado Center Denver Zoo Denver Museum of Nature and Science MCA Denver

Best gallery show -- solo: TiredPirate at the Art Salon Kevin Hennessy Knew Conscious Sally Stockhold Scott Sheridan

Best gallery show -- group: Redline History Colorado Robischon Swapmeet: Artpace and the Dikeou Collection Unibrow at Unit E

Best theater season: Boulder's Dinner Theater Bunport Arvada Center Denver Center for Performing Curious Theater

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Best free entertainment: Jazz in the Park First Friday on Santa Fe Cherry Creek Arts Festival 16th Street Mall Louisville Street Fair

Best reality-TV star from Colorado: Mondo Tierra Dog the Bounty Hunter Tyler Waird Jenna Johansen

Best film festival: Starz Denver Film Festival Boulder Film Festival Aspen Film Festival Telluride Film Festival Mile High Horror

Best movie theater -- food and drink: Mayan Landmark Greenwood Village Cinnbarre Sie FilmCenter Century Lakewood Belmar 16

Best movie theater -- programming: Esquire Mayan Landmark Greenwood Village Cinnbarre Sie FilmCenter

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Best movie theater -- comfort: United Artists Colorado Center 9 Sie FilmCenter Mayan UA Denver Pavilions 15 Hollywood Theaters SouthGlenn

Best theater production: The Book of Mormon Tommy Lee Jones Goes to the Opera Alone The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity Cult Following at The Jones Byers Evans House Museum Theater

Best comedy night: Fridays at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse Comedy Works The Grawlix Wednesdays at Deer Pile Denver Improv

Best roller-derby skater: Afterburner Gator Dunn The Terrible Suz Suri Brawl Shadow Cat

Best burlesque night: Lannie's Clocktower 3 Kings Tavern Bar Standard Naughty Pierre's Burlesque & Comedy Extravaganza Charlie's

It's your turn to weigh in! Vote for one of these finalists -- or any other favorite -- in the second (and final) round of the Best of Denver 2013 Readers' Poll.



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